European History in the 20th Century

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European history in the twentieth century contains a series of complex events and it would be important for one to concentrate on the multifaceted information regarding each major event of the previous century. The Battle of Britain took place between July and October 1940 and it involved the British Air Force commanded by Sir Hugh Dowding fighting the German Luftwaffe commanded by Hermann Gรถring. In addition to the significant character of the Second World War in general, this particular battle was also important because it was the first military campaign to be fought entirely above ground. The German Luftwaffe was tasked with the mission to demonstrate the Nazi war machine's air superiority and this was the perfect opportunity for it to do so. In addition to this, the mission was also meant to destroy a major part of the British air force and the British aircraft industry as a whole. Hitler focused on this mission primarily because he acknowledged the great importance it would play in setting the stage for invading Britain. Hitler was confident in his powers and the British were intimidated as a result of observing the effectiveness of German powers. It seemed like this was the perfect recipe for victory on behalf of the Germans and most would have considered that it was only a matter of time before the British would be defeated similar to the French. Both the U.S. and the Soviet Union seemed hesitant about getting involved in supporting a British defensive and
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